As the story goes Bartman reached for the ring early as it was being presented where it fell into an electric space heater which was set to high to compensate for the room’s faulty air conditioner thermostat. The ring shorted out the heater and arcwelded itself into a puddle of melted gold.
It was deja vu all over again Monday for infamous Chicago Cubs fan Steve Bartman as the hapless, poor son of a bitch bungled and ultimately dropped a World Series souvenir ring in a ceremony where the team was giving its most hated, controversial fan some love in the form of some bling.
Witnesses to the incident conferring upon Bartman his own 2016 World Series Championship ring confirmed reports that Bartman juggled the ring as it was being handed to him, ultimately dropping the ring and destroying it, in exactly the same manner that he destroyed the Cubs’ hopes for a pennant in 2003.
“I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t see it myself,” Cubs executive Theo Epstein said. “After all these years, he finally comes back to be with the team after his horrible, detestable actions in the Championship Series back in ’03, and the poor bastard does it all over again, dropping the damn ring like a hot potato. I swear to God, if he had been wearing a set of headphones and that ridiculous turtle neck, it would be like October ’03 all over again. Geez. Poor bastard.”
Sources also confirmed that former Cubs left fielder Moises Alou was in the background at the ceremony. bemoaning the dropping of the ring, and berating Bartman as he jumped up and down in anger.
Bartman had for years declined invitations from the team to come back and enjoy a live Cubs game in person at Wrigley Field, and did not participate in the World Series parade help last fall, despite being asked to attend. It is unclear if he required an armed escort leaving the ring ceremony, as he did in 2003 after dropping a foul ball after idiotically reaching out and literally snatching the ball from poor innocent Moises Alou’s grasp, and shattering all hopes of a Cubs World Series win 14 long seasons ago.
Things are looking up for Steve Bartman. He is making new friends out in the country. He's upgraded to noise canceling headphones.
October 14th marks the 8th anniversary of the day that then-26 year-old Cubs fan Steve Bartman’s life changed forever; and we’re not talking about the type of life-changing that happens when you win the lottery.
No, poor Steve Bartman achieved infamy after he tried to catch a fly ball in foul territory in the 8th inning of a game that the Cubs were up 3-0. He didn’t catch the ball, but he caught the wrath of Moises Alou and Cub nation.
There are plenty of sane people who don’t blame Bartman for the Cubs blowing the lead in game six of the playoff series against the Marlins that night, and then going on to lose the series to Florida. Just like there are plenty of sane people who didn’t blame Bill Buckner for the Sox losing the ’86 World Series. (fun fact: I have Buckner’s rookie card. He’s on it as a Dodger prospect with my cousin, Jack Jenkins. I had Jack sign it, but haven’t been able to get Buckner to sign it, too)